Rules & Scoring

Division Listings

NCA High School Nationals:

Looking for examples of a Performance, Game Performance or Game Day routine at NCA High School Nationals? Check out video examples and more details here.

2020-21 In-Person Divisions:

2021-21 Virtual Divisions at Nationals:

NCA & NDA College Nationals:

2020-21 College Cheer Divisions:

2020-21 College Game Day Division:

Rules & Restrictions

High School, Junior High, Middle School & Elementary

2020-2021 School Rules & Restrictions

2020-2021 School Rule Book


2021 NCA & NDA Collegiate Rule Book

USA Cheer College Safety Rules:

USA Cheer “Return to Cheer and STUNT” Guidelines

At Varsity Spirit, the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, employees, families and friends is our top priority. As various parts of the country open up and begin to resume public activities, it is important to follow the guidelines provided by your local and state government and health departments regarding activities that are permitted for your community in addition to any specific requirements from your direct association (college conference and divisions, school district and/or state high school athletics/activities associations, US All Star Federation, governing youth rec association, etc.).

To view the USA Cheer “Return to Cheer and STUNT” Guidelines – click here.

  • This document and any policies described therein were prepared by USA Cheer and are being provided by Varsity Spirit for informational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for using this information and understand and agree that Varsity Spirit is not responsible or liable for any errors or omissions or for any claim, loss or damage resulting from the use of this information. None of these materials are offered, nor should be construed or relied upon, as medical advice.

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